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27 August 2012

Filing Tips: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Filing your request for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals involves several steps. You need to submit multiple forms, evidence and fees. Small mistakes in preparing your request could lead to it being rejected. Please read these tips to avoid having your request rejected or delayed because of common filing errors.

1.    Mail all forms together – You must mail the following forms in one package:
c.    Form I-765WS, Worksheet 

Read the mailing instructions to see where to mail the forms based on the state you live in. Remember to send it to the P.O. Box address if mailing through the U.S. Postal Service. All forms are available on www.uscis.gov for free. Do not pay for blank USCIS forms either in person or over the Internet.

2.   Sign your forms –
You must sign both your Form I-821D and Form I-765. If someone helps you fill out the forms, that person must also sign both Form I-812D and Form I-765 in the designated box below your signature.

3.   Write your name and date of birth the same way on each form –
Variations in the way information is written can cause delays. For example, you should not write Jane Doe on one form and Jane E. Doe on another form. It is important to read all instructions on the forms carefully.

4.   Use the correct version of Form I-765 –
Always make sure you have the most recent form when submitting your request with USCIS. Review our Forms page to download the most recent version. You can download all USCIS forms and instructions for free on our website www.uscis.gov.

5.   Use Form I-821D NOT Form I-821
– Form I-821D is used to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. Form I-821 is a different form used to apply for Temporary Protected Status, an entirely different process.

6.   Do NOT e-file Form I-765 –
Requests for consideration of deferred action cannot be e-filed. You must mail your package (Forms I-821D, I-765, I-765WS, evidence and fees) to the appropriate USCIS Lockbox.

7.   Submit correct fees –The fee to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals is $465 and cannot be waived. There are fee exemptions available only in limited circumstances. You may submit separate checks of $380 and $85, or one single check of $465.

8.   Answer all questions completely and accurately –
If an item is not applicable or the answer is “none,” leave the space blank. To ensure your request is accepted for processing, be sure to complete these required form fields:

Form I-821D:
Name, Address, Date of Birth
Form I-765: Name, Address, Date of Birth, Eligibility Category

9.   Provide all required supporting documentation and evidence –
You must submit all required evidence and supporting documentation. These documents are required for USCIS to make a decision on your request. Please organize and label your evidence by the guideline it meets.

10.  If you make an error on a form, start over with a clean form –
USCIS prefers that you type your answers into the form and then print it. If you are filling out your form by hand, use black ink. If you make a mistake, please start over with a new form. Scanners will see through white out or correction tape and this could lead to the form being processed as incorrect, and lead to processing delays or denial.

11. Carefully review age guidelines before filing – If you have never been in removal proceedings, or your proceedings have been terminated, you must be at least 15 years of age or older at the time of filing.

You cannot be the age of 31 or older as of June 15, 2012, to be considered for deferred action for childhood arrivals.

To ensure that your request is accepted for processing, it is important that you review your entire request package before you file with USCIS.


For more information on consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals. If you have questions about filing a request, please call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283.

24 Comments:

At September 16, 2012 at 10:36:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding customer service. Very happy with USCIS all I can say thank you!

 
At October 25, 2012 at 3:03:00 AM EDT , Blogger manasaurus said...

Mail all 3 forms together to 1 place? which one?
Filing address for I-7654 and I-765WS (CA) is
USCIS
P.O. Box20700
Phoenix, AZ 85036-0700

and the filing address for I-821D category (c)(33) it says,
Mail your Forms I-765 and I-765WS together with Form I-821D to the Form I-821D filing address

USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 5757
Chicago, IL 60680-5757

For Express Mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: DACA
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

They're different addresses. Can you please tell me the right address for me to send all three applications? thank you.

 
At December 3, 2012 at 3:44:00 PM EST , Blogger LINDA GUTIERREZ said...

Good afternoon, I need help answering a few questions on form I-821D. On page 2, question 9 it asks for "Country of Residence?" If I am residing in the U.S, but I am not a U.S Citizen or Resident, what should I answer. Also, question 15 on page 2, asks for "status of entry" What should I answer in this question? I was brought into the U.S as a child and I have never been outside of the U.S since I was first brought here by my parents. On form I-765 question 12, I need to enter the "Date of Last Entry into the U.S.? If I have never been out of the U.S since I was first brought here, should I enter the date in which I first entered the U.S? Question 13 on Form I-765, I need to type the place of last entry into the U.S. will that be California, since this is the only state I've been in? Question 14 on Form I-765 asks for "Manner of Last Entry?" What will the correct answer be to this question, since my parents brought be to the U.S? I have never been in removal proceedings; therefore, what should my "Current Immigration status" be on question 15 of from I-765? Can you please help me? I want to make sure I answer all questions correctly. Thank you very much for your time.

 
At December 12, 2012 at 6:49:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello I have a question..who do we make the fee payable to??

 
At December 15, 2012 at 5:08:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the same question at this statement below:

At October 25, 2012 3:03:00 AM EDT , Blogger manasaurus said...

Mail all 3 forms together to 1 place? which one?
Filing address for I-7654 and I-765WS (CA) is
USCIS
P.O. Box20700
Phoenix, AZ 85036-0700

and the filing address for I-821D category (c)(33) it says,
Mail your Forms I-765 and I-765WS together with Form I-821D to the Form I-821D filing address

USCIS Chicago Lockbox Facility

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 5757
Chicago, IL 60680-5757

For Express Mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: DACA
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

They're different addresses. Can you please tell me the right address for me to send all three applications? thank you.


I am having the same issue here, and am confused as to which address I should be sending my papers to. I live in California. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you. (mollyogden@hotmail.com)

 
At December 18, 2012 at 11:29:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning:

My application for Deferred Action Childhood Arrival was approved on November 16, 2012.
Per USCIS Records my employment card was mail on November 16, 2012.
The USPS track information said that my card was delivered on November 19, 2012.
I HAVE NEVER RECEIVED MY EMPLOYMENT CARD, Is there a proves to replace my lost card.

 
At March 1, 2013 at 5:58:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have my high school diploma and im not currently going to school right now is that going to be a problem

 
At March 5, 2013 at 9:58:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went to my biometrics appoinment On January-15-2013.i havent receive anything;i would like to khow ow much longer is going to take,because the rules changed at the college that im attending and im afraid they can take me out of the program at any time.thanks in advance.

 
At March 6, 2013 at 11:27:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The address to send forms are depending on the state you live in...
There's no problem if you have a high school diploma,already and not going to school...I called for questions if you all are unsure..In google search the differred action and it tells you the number.

 
At May 18, 2013 at 7:06:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I already got my card and ss#, but my card got stolen. Does anyone know if I can get another one or do I have to reapply for everything?

 
At June 6, 2013 at 12:00:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my biometrics taken on April 24th and haven't seen any change of my case status for DACA...is this a normal?

 
At October 6, 2013 at 1:23:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my receipt of application 6/20/2013 biometrics 7/24/2013 CARD IN THE MAIL SENT October 2,2013 total time almost four months Im soo happy.

 
At October 17, 2013 at 2:00:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the legal immigrant students who came to study in the USA before 18 years of age? This deferred action for childhood arrivals law only rewards illegals.

 
At November 11, 2013 at 6:00:00 PM EST , Blogger Lynn said...

I am trying to figure out what eligibility category code I need to use for question 16 on the form i-765. I can't see the instructions, and this is the last thing I need before I send in my paperwork. Can you help with this?

 
At December 18, 2013 at 8:14:00 PM EST , Blogger Rosa Vasquez said...

When does the renewal form for Deferred Action is going to be announce or publish on your website?

 
At March 27, 2014 at 8:41:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what should i do if my birthday is not correct, i barely sent my application and when they sent me the confirmation letter i noticed that my birthday was incorrect.

 
At May 19, 2014 at 2:38:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question, in order to renew your deferred action and work permit should I submit everything all over again?
Or is there a different form?

 
At September 22, 2014 at 5:06:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember what date i put for the day of entrance since my lawyer did everything but I can't afford that same lawyer anymore and they wont give me any information. If the day of entrance does not match on my renewal form, is it a problem?

 
At September 25, 2014 at 3:15:00 AM EDT , Blogger Mid Night said...

If I myself file everything on my own where and where do sign on form I-821D?

 
At October 4, 2014 at 11:57:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I received back my form 821D, do I need to re-do the other forms as well or leave as is. Because my 765 form was okay the only form that got rejected was the 821D for being expired??

 
At October 15, 2014 at 1:55:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question about the DACA,I want to apply for the first time but I see the G-1145 form is expired and USCIS hasn't updated the new form and I want to know if I send them I'll be rejected for the G-1145 expired.. thanks

 
At October 15, 2014 at 1:56:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question about the DACA,I want to apply for the first time but I see the G-1145 form is expired and USCIS hasn't updated the new form and I want to know if I send them I'll be rejected for the G-1145 expired.. thanks

 
At October 15, 2014 at 10:45:00 PM EDT , Blogger eduardo said...

I have a question about the DACA,I want to apply for the first time but I see the G-1145 form is expired and USCIS hasn't updated the new form and I want to know if I send them I'll be rejected for the G-1145 expired.. thanks

 
At December 11, 2014 at 12:05:00 PM EST , Anonymous John walkers said...

Hi i can't seem to find out who we make the fee payable to is there a return name or something

regards John

 

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